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As Jiminy Cricket said, "I'm no fool, no siree!"
Suppose you find a yellow hunk of metal in a stream. How could you tell if it's real gold? In the city, a street vendor offers to sell you a diamond ring for thirty bucks. How could you test if the rock in the ring is a real diamond?
With this activity, that fool's gold or imitation diamond ring won't stump students from your science classroom! It's also a way to turn students' natural fascination with rocks into a fun and engaging Earth Science lab.
Using various testing methods, students will learn the properties that distinguish one mineral from another, including color, streak, luster, hardness, fracture, and density. They'll learn how those properties are determined, how minerals are classified, how they occur in nature, and how they're used in daily life.
Ward's® Introductory Mineral Collection
Beginning geology students will easily recognize each of the wide range of physical properties when they examine the basic minerals. High-quality specimens, cut by Ward's geologists.
Rock and Mineral Test Kit
A handy zippered pouch contains all the equipment you need to perform a variety of physical properties tests on rocks and minerals.
Wards® Mohs' Hardness Scale Collection
Our most popular collection includes nine numbered samples, streak plate, nail, glass slide, and copper strip. All samples are pure crystalline forms to ensure accurate test results.
Streak and Color Collection
Samples in this set were chosen for dramatic color and streak. The set is housed in a compartmented collection box, and it includes an identification list.